Last Friday, March 25, Free The Slaves marked the 204th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act—an Act passed by the UK Parliament formally abolishing the trade of slaves within the British Empire. On this day in 1807, Parliament finally outlawed British ships and colonies from the respective transportation and importation of slaves.
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The Economist: A review of The Clapham Sect: How Wilberforce’s Circle Transformed Britain by Stephen Tomkins (Lion Hudson): “Readers will probably turn first to the sections on slavery and Sierra Leone, where released slaves were taken, supposedly to enjoy parliamentary freedom under the benign governorship of the Sierra Leone Company. It was the brainchild of the Clapham Sect and it failed miserably—a complicated fiasco which ended in ex-slaves becoming re-enslaved as indentured labourers.”
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